Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community. “Seriously 2010” was the theme chosen by 12 fun ladies who sailed off for a five-day cruise to celebrate Lisa Bradford’s 40th birthday. Bradford’s mom, in full disguise, drove a limousine to Galveston filled with the ladies as Lisa’s husband followed in their car, stuffed to the brim with luggage. As they all arrived at the dock, Lisa’s mom shed her wig and glasses to get a big laugh. Sailing over Mother’s Day weekend were Janell Klosterboer, Lori Harrison, Jaye Wright, Rebecca Bourgeois, Melissa Heaton, Lori Aungst, Jeannie Bub, Elyse Clark, Christi Shawell and Brandy Burnett who all enjoyed cruising, dancing, and seriously..... having fun! The Village Learning and Achievement Center hosted their 10th annual golf tournament May 10 at Tour 18. Four lucky teams were the winning bidders for a chance to add a golf pro to their foursome. Pros Julio Vegas, Franci Betancourt, Lori Tatum, and Aurora Kirchner-McClain showed off their golfing abilities while helping to raise funds for Village. Former Astros player and manager Larry Dierker was “auctioned off” to the highest bidder. He joined David Bubier’s team for the day and also spoke during the evening program while golfers dined on Carrabba’s fare. The Atasocita Fire Department dropped 165 raffled balls from their ladder truck 75 feet above the putting green at Tour 18. The ball closest to the hole was determined and the winner – Wayne “Coach” Jones – was announced by 2009 Miss Texas, Kristen Blair during the evening dinner program. Blair also sang two songs, Somewhere over the Rainbow and God Bless the USA, accompanied by pianist Villager Shane Hetherington. First place went to the team from Mustang Engineering: Andy Boudreau, Randy Harrington, Milt Cousins and Jerry Harris. The Lake Houston Family YMCA $5M expansion and renovation is finally complete and YMCA staff and board members celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and donor recognition lunch on Thursday, May 13. Mike Beyers and his staff from the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce did the honors for the ribbon cutting attended by: Richard, Dawn and Barbie Rawson; Mike Sullivan; Steve Fetterman; Danell Fields; Mark and Star Heinrich; John Sheridan; Kim Maxey; Doug Stanley; Jonathan Blakelock; Mike Byers Jr.; Dave Kilby; Tracy Stunja; Carol McCord; Linda Dalton; Carl and Colleen Joiner; Christie Harrison; Katherine Persson; Bud and Ellen Johnson; Joby and Valerie Copley; Chad Joiner; Philippe Cras; Terry and Kathy Ciliske; Skip Curry; Butch Standerfer. New YMCA Executive Director Jenna Dhayer welcomed the crowd and thanked the community for their generosity. Triggs Catering supplied a delicious lunch at the donor recognition event which was also attended by Clarke Baker, CEO of the Greater Houston YMCA; Will Williams, president of the Greater Houston YMCA Association Board; David Snow, vice president of development and Ken Harris, vice president of facility operations. Over in Oakhurst, the Sable Creek Cork Poppers Wine Club enjoyed their monthly gathering at the beautifully decorated contemporary home of Allen and Donna Wilhite. A good, old- fashioned shrimp boil and delicious assortment of wines was enjoyed by club members: George and Sandy Mucha; Jeff and Becca Phillips; Mike and Rosa Blanco; Dan and Erma Krutilek; Bruce Weller; Dale Werner; Don and Gail Evans; Ian and Jen McConnell; Jerry and Carol Richardson; Craig and Bunny Geerlings; Mike and Mary Humphrey; Craig and Becky Jordy; Carol and Randy Sutton. The Kingwood Chamber’s 6th annual HEB Kingwood Market end-of-the-year breakfast on Thursday, May 20, had a big crowd of early risers including Danny Sullivan; Ronnie Chance; Karen Boughton; Andrea Badot; Mark Linabury; Rick Piacenti; Ted Mandel; Cherry LeDoux; Susan Curling and Tammy Nigro. Theresa Harper brought Jodie Robinson, the new owner of Dirt Road Diva’s, a designer boutique in the front of Kingwood. We can look for a line of children’s and teen’s clothing to be added and the store’s re-opening in late June. A drumroll please, for the American Heart Association, which raised $70,468 at the recent Go Red For Women luncheon. The total in 2009 was $62,000, so the dynamic committee exceeded last year by more than $8,000! Open Your Heart raised $20,582 which includes an amazing 15 Circle of Red members. Speaking of raising money, the Society of St. Stephen raised $30,000 on May 11 at their annual tennis tournament at Kingwood Country Club Tennis Center which included a raffle, silent auction and lunch. Jim and Diana Rutherford served as chairs for tennis tournament, leading a dedicated group of volunteers who solicited not only sponsorships, but close to 100 door prizes and raffle baskets from businesses in Humble, Kingwood and Atascocita. The grand prize in the raffle was a spa day for four at Kingwood Country Club won by Kate Blankenship. She and three (new best friends) will take a tennis lesson followed by a complete package at the Kingwood Country Club Day Spa: manicure, pedicure, facial, and massage. Players and worker bees included Ann Gonzalez; Paula Korber; Linda Polarek; Tami Kuykendall; Dielle Roberts; Ellen Kent; June Domeneaux; Patty Carter; Margaret White; Linda Ferguson; SOSS Director Lynn Harper; Cindy Bausch and Pro Randy Mattingley. Faces in the crowd were Rich Spinnato and his wife Lavonda; Renee Stanley; Rev. Jim Welch and Patrick Evans; Judy Tefteller; Rod Felts; Skip Curry; Melinda Dodd. While tennis held center stage outdoors at the Club, inside the dynamic women of Woven were holding their annual popular business expo. Faces in the crowd included Yvette Bryers with Versatile Virtual Assistant; Jessica Kemp, new owner of Kingwood Family Chiropractic; Cindy Frost with Spring Chicken Travel; Dr. James Kemp with Kingwood Family Chiropractic; Maggie Crueskin with Ekam Yoga; Cody McComb and Kyle Buchan with Kingwood Chiropractic Associates; Claudia Mabesoone with Pampered Chef; Myra Bruns with Juice plus+; Diana Van Horn with Edward Jone;, Barbara Byers with Clearwater Ranch Jewelry; Phyllis Tobola with Mighty Bright Print Solutions; Monica Zubia with Amergy Bank; Lynn Beckwith with Beckwith’s Car Care; Jane Sweet-Stager with Holiday Inn Express Kingwood; Kaylen Pierce with James Eye Associates. The Durdin Family, new owners of Parkway Family Mazda/ Kia, are starting a great new tradition: the Parkway Family Gala and Charity Auction. Join them on June 4 at 6:30 p.m as they transform their dealership, located at 22565 US Hwy. 59 North, into gala central for a big fundraiser for FamilyTime. Come and welcome Jean and Ray Durdin to our community with a special hug for daughter and general manager Granger Durdin. There will be valet parking, food stations, music and dozens of fabulous auction items like Astros tickets, furniture, media and vacation packages, restaurant gift certificates and more. Call Granger or her big sister Sharilyn at the dealership for ticket information at 281-242-8211. Special thanks to those who helped me compile this week’s column as I have been recovering from a busy spring season: Diane Blanco, Carol Sutton, Amy McIntee, Diana Rutherford, Tammy Nigro, Theresa Harper and Janell Klosterboer. I’ll see you out and about!

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